India to launch phase 4 of community development projects in Afghanistan

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi Updated: Nov 24, 2020, 06:36 PM(IST)

'Leaving the people to this situation' Photograph:( Reuters )

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India has already been involved in four hundred community projects in all 34 provinces in Afghanistan.

India has announced phase 4 of the High Impact Community Development Projects in Afghanistan which involves 100 projects worth $80 million.

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India has already been involved in four hundred community projects in all 34 provinces of the country.

External affairs minister Jaishankar speaking at the Afghanistan 2020 virtual conference in Geneva said, "As contiguous neighbours, India and Afghanistan share natural historical relations. Our strategic partnership and long term commitment to the development of Afghanistan reflects the time tested partnership".

India's EAM also announced that India has concluded an agreement with Afghanistan for the construction of the Shatoot dam. The dam would provide safe drinking water to 2 million residents in Kabul. 

New Delhi has been involved in a number of infrastructure and capacity building projects worth $3 billion. 

It includes the India-Afghanistan friendship dam, the Afghan Parliament and 202-km Phul-e-Khumri transmission line that is providing electricity to Kabul city. 

More than 65,000 Afghan students have studied in India under various scholarships and currently 15000 students are studying.

Jaishankar pointed out, "Afghanistan's growth has been constrained by its landlocked geography...and through Chabahar port we have provided alternative connectivity to Afghanistan."

India has sent 75,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan via India-built Chabahar port to deal with the COVID-19 crisis this year. It has also given 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and equipment to deal with the COVID crisis.

Expressing concern over the "increasing level of violence in Afghanistan", he reiterated India’s call for "an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire."

The Afghanistan conference was co-hosted by the United Nations, Afghan government, the government of Finland and saw a number of pledges by other countries.

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